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Officer Richard Allen May, Jr. | East Palo Alto Police Department, California East Palo Alto Police Department, California


Richard Allen May, Jr.

East Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, January 7, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years, 6 months

Badge # 33

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Richard May was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call.

Officer May responded to the corner of University Avenue and Weeks Street at approximately 1630 hours. When he arrived, he observed several men fighting. As he approached the group, one of the men fled. Officer May attempted to stop that male, when the suspect turned around and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun, killing Officer May. The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended later that night. The suspect, a documented gang member, was found with a bullet wound to his leg, that had been inflicted by Officer May before he died.

A 14-year-old police explorer was participating in a ride along with Officer May at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

Officer May was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the East Palo Alto Police Department for 18 months. He had previously served for 13 years with the Lompoc Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Rich, You were a great person and solid officer. I have several memories of working with you and doing ride along with you at the Lompoc Police Department. My most memorable memory of you is when you were working with Ken and the two of you would be code 7 at the police department with your boxes of tacos. All that food you and him used to eat. It was funny to watch. You will always be missed my friend.

Retired Lieutenant J. Benda
Bureau of Prisons
January 8, 2017


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